Lewis Hamilton will no longer be a part of the McLaren F1 team come next season, as he has signed a three-year deal with Mercedes.
So with Hamilton being roped in for next season, does this mean that the F1 legend, Michael Schumacher, who currently drives for Mercedes will no longer be in the Mercedes teamfold in 2013? Hamilton's inclusion might be a bad piece of news for the German driver, who has been one of the most successful drivers in the F1 circuit. If this is the plan, then Hamilton would be partnering Nico Rosberg in the team sheet. Interesting days lie ahead for the team. But Rosberg with his tweet draws a better picture, “"Very cool that Lewis will be my new team-mate! Gonna be another great challenge!"
This has been one of the most talked about transfers in the F1 industry, though nothing was really materializing - but then a deal has finally been struck for around 60 million pounds for a three-year period. This is a huge sum of money for the driver, who has been one of the top British drivers. With this exit, Hamilton's long term association of 14 years with McLaren comes to an end. But, the McLaren driver is expected to give his all in the remainder of the season, and help them win the team championship. It can be the perfect farewell gift from him to the team.
McLaren has also been very swift with their replacement, as they have signed another F1 team, Sauber driver, Sergio Perez. It clearly reflects that the Hamilton deal was sure to happen. It was just a matter of time.